Small grants available to Glenwood Springs residents to help with home insulation
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) announced that Glenwood Springs was among 18 matching grant award recipients for an incentive program to encourage energy efficiency by installing insulation.
Aspen, Carbondale and Eagle County are also on the list of recipients.
Called the Insulate Colorado program, the grant recipients will receive funding to encourage homeowners to properly install insulation and complete basic air sealing practices. The GEO has allocated $416,800 of Clean Energy funds to the program.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that homeowners can typically save up to 20 percent of heating and cooling costs, or up to 10 percent of total energy costs, by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists.
“A recent 12 percent rise in energy costs has many homeowners looking for ways to control energy costs, and a properly insulated home can save money during both the heating and cooling seasons,” GEO Director Tom Plant said in a news release. “GEO is using Clean Energy Funds to help homeowners insulate their homes, buy more energy efficient homes through the Energy Star for New Homes program and ultimately to save energy, money, and reduce their carbon footprint.”
City and county officials will work with insulation contractors to ensure appropriate insulation levels are installed for the specific climate zone, and to promote the rebate program to homeowners. Rebates are expected to be available beginning in April 2008.
Incentives will typically be offered to homeowners at 20 percent of the total job cost or $300, whichever amount is less. All rebates will be issued through local city and county government, or via an identified not-for-profit agency on behalf of the municipality.
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